UGS NX 4 Tooling

A CIMdata Product Review


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and market research focused on the application of computers to engineering and manufacturing. and mechanical CAD. provides technical. It produces the NC Software Market Assessment Reports and the Compendium of NC Product Reviews. Inc. TX 75024 USA Phone (972) 987 3000 http://www. founded in 1983. CIMdata is an industry-leading consultant on CAM software systems. CIMdata. CIMdata also works with software vendors to provide technology and market knowledge of user requirements. Ann Arbor. Suite 600 Plano. marketing.ugs. and strategic consulting services. technology trends. CIMdata. This evaluation is one in a series of software product reviews produced by CIMdata. prepared this product review as an independent and unbiased assessment of the functional capabilities of NX 4 Tooling. CIMdata has authorized UGS to reproduce and distribute this document. a CAD/CAM software product developed by UGS. Market research has been conducted by CIMdata on a variety of CAM related Page 2 UGS 5800 Granite Parkway. The technology focus is on product lifecycle management (PLM). NX 4 Tooling Product Review UGS . MI 48108 USA Phone (313) 668-9922 Fax (313) 668-1957 http://www. 3909 Research Park Dr. The company works with manufacturing companies worldwide. without constraints from CIMdata.CIMdata. a worldwide consulting and marketing firm. UGS is a registered trademark and NX is a trademark of UGS Corp. Inc. strategic planning.Foreword CIMdata. CIMdata provides consulting services to CAM software users and vendors and to the investment community. analyzing operations and information needs. and competitive information. market opportunities.

progressive die design. process planning software. and NC programming. machining functionality. In some environments the tasks are carried out in one multipurpose office. The overall set of functions or roles involved in the creation of tooling has many elements. mold base design. and a viable marketing program is being implemented. and information management. NC programming and open collaboration. and the interactions can be complex. This recognizes that the world’s leading companies relentlessly search for ways to better satisfy their customers. In NX 4. There is a growing trend for OEMs to participate in supply chain management strategies and early involvement programs. NX 4 Tooling Product Review Page 3 . and being among the industry leaders in process planning. digital manufacturing software acquired with the Tecnomatix acquisition. perform design reviews. increase quality. knowledge capture. Their strategy and direction in tool design and manufacture is sound. Toolmakers are no longer stand-alone entities. and consulting resources provided within the UGS NX 4 tooling program are impressive. This is especially true for industries where time-tomarket is critical. manage schedules. breadth of offering. mold and die design capabilities. UGS has adopted the theme of “Relentless Innovation” for the NX 4 software release. Progressive Die and Stamping Die Design CIMdata is favorably impressed by the structure. data management. adequate resources are being employed. This necessitates effective communication and collaboration across a range of functions to exchange data. The combination of the NX modeling software provided. In many cases each step is performed by separate people that could be experts in aspects of tooling such as core and cavity design. and the information management capability contained in Teamcenter Manufacturing (TCM) provides an advanced tooling solution set. operations. consulting resources available. and industry leading offering. die design. Toolmakers must also increase standardization and re-use of tools to minimize cost. The overall strengths of UGS in tooling include market presence. It is a comprehensive. The quality of an end product depends directly upon the quality of the tooling. UGS emphasizes digital simulation.UGS NX 4 Tooling Mold. The design and manufacture of tooling is typically on the critical path of any new product introduction cycle. industry reputation. They are now faced with new and increasing demands from product OEMs and other customers. in others the functions are distributed across multiple contractors in multiple locations up and down a supply chain. data integration. The breadth of applications. tool design software. and systems engineering to help individuals pursue innovations through product development. and track and resolve issues. and respond to the time consequences related to tool design and repetition. distinctive. integration from design through manu- UGS facturing. detailing. automotive sheet metal stamping. and execution of the UGS NX 4 Tooling program. depth of functionality. UGS continues to display a strong management commitment to manufacturing. Not only are individual applications critical but management of data throughout the process is essential. usability. The capabilities provided in NX 4 Tooling are consistent with the relentless innovation theme being promoted by UGS. The NX 4 knowledge-driven automation features include standards. mold structure design.

for the first time UGS was also ranked by CIMdata as the largest vendor on the basis of CAM seats shipped in 2004. UGS provides an integrated mold design. costing. UGS is currently one of only a few vendors to offer such products. tool validation. resources and reports. Moreover. These issues are beyond the basic requirements for tool design and manufacture. Effective collaboration and communication on a global basis can be provided by Teamcenter. and drafting technology. manufacturing process planning and the shop floor while controlling versions and configurations of tools. including those for tool design. This was followed in time by products for progressive die design and automated stamping die design. assembly modeling. and shop floor management is impressive. With the additional support of Teamcenter. This permits companies to integrate and manage tool design and manufacture. UGS has established a strong and positive market presence in CAM.S. The tooling applications are built on the base of NX design software which provides the core modeling. We often push their software to the limits and the UGS team has always responded in a timely manner to help us with our needs. The Director of R & D at a prestigious U. UGS was again positioned by CIMdata as the worldwide largest CAM software vendor on the basis of revenue received. The integration of applications within a single product and process data management environment forms the technology cornerstone of the UGS Advanced Tooling Solution. Users speak highly of the level of service provided by UGS. die design.Defining. mold base design and creation of full documentation. or other design systems in native format or through translation • Evaluate the part design for moldability • Automatically establish the parting surfaces • Automatically create the mold cores and cavities NX 4 Tooling Product Review UGS . 1. data healing. CIMdata views NX Mold Design to be competitive with products from other leading PLM and CAM-centric vendors in the mold making market that offer similar capabilities. CIMdata considers tool design to be a component of CAM. knowledge and components are some of the challenges faced by toolmakers. mold designers can share the same software environment as product and part designers and NC programmers to minimize data re-entry and translation and to provide for a more efficient process. Applications that share the same technology platform can enable a higher degree of interoperability than that obtained from use of individual application products. Mold Design NX Mold Design provides software products for automatic separation of cores and cavities.” The strength of the UGS tooling offering is in the comprehensive solution that is provided. In 2004. The basic UGS mold design process is to: • Receive the product model from NX Design. Parasolid based systems. processes. customization. but they form the basis for an advanced tooling solution. the BOM. capturing. best-in-class applications as point solutions. Instead of selecting individual. “What we like about UGS is their excellent service. This broader solution provides an advanced tooling solution that is likely to be unmatched in the industry and is being deployed by a number of key companies in the high tech consumer products industry. electrode extraction. NX Mold Design is the core product in the NX Tooling solution and it has been highly successful since it was originally released as NX Mold Wizard. versioning and sharing standard designs. Over the years. drawings. design changes and manufacturing process plans can also be managed and integrated among tool design. the greatest gains can often be achieved by selecting applications that are designed to be connected. The broad range of applications. managing. related manufacturing information. product design and CAM environment within NX. In NX 4. NC programming. DFM analysis. consumer products firm stated. Page 4 machining.

This permits changes to a part model to be propagated to the core and cavity. parting of the core and cavity. A bill of material for a complete mold base is automatically produced. the user picks a surface area in which use of an electrode would be appropriate. model comparison and model swap capability. cre- In NX the mold designer uses many of the standard assembly functions provided in the underlying NX design product. Industry standard mold base libraries. such as screws going through a UGS NX 4 Tooling Product Review Page 5 . components such as riser plates or ejector pins can be parameterized so that creation of a component to meet a new requirement can be quickly generated. To perform this function. such as Hasco and DME.• • • Extract and create electrodes for EDM Create the mold base utilizing standard mold bases and components Document the mold base with automated drawings and bill of material creation NX Mold Design provides for automated solidbased design and intelligent assembly of molds including cores. To find the parting line for mold separation NX Mold Design utilizes an analysis technique that locates the crossover between positive and negative faces. validates. If a pin is created. For example. The mold parting function permits the user to step through the parting process without interruption. cavities. does clearance and interference checking. documents. the mold assembly will adjust accordingly. to check for interference. As changes are made to mold base components. This area is then projected to a Z-level. and manages the process from design through production. and BOM generation. It effectively designs. An offset parameter is added to allow for the spark gap. The electrode geometry is defined. A user can add features to the solid model of the electrode area. Figure 1—NX 4’s New Electrode Design Product Extends Its Mold and Progressive Die Tooling Design Capabilities ates electrode drawings. A standard part library is available for selecting existing parts. capturing best practices for a shop. NX Mold Design includes capabilities for data import. and mold bases. assembly drawing automation. calculates burn areas. knowledge-based building of a mold base. For example. Data can be captured within Teamcenter. part creation. A mold base assembly is built by selecting components from a library and inserting them into a design. the mold base assembly will automatically update. are provided and custom libraries can be embedded in the software. Parting lines and parting surfaces are produced automatically. Associativity is maintained throughout the process. provides blank and holder designs from standard part libraries. NX Mold Design provides for splitting the core and cavity. electrode design extraction. This is considered to be a more accurate technique than a commonly used approach that mathematically shines a light on the model and looks for the shaded areas. and incorporating a rules base for assembly of components. whereupon a drawing can be generated and data can be forwarded to the shop floor for EDM machining. NX Mold Design includes a capability for electrode extraction. automatic cavity layout. the software will automatically generate a hole for the pin. provides integration with CAM. A design is enhanced by the associative and parametric nature of the software. a major and time consuming task in moldmaking. and does BOM reporting. shrinkage manipulation. A user is guided through the mold design process. The electrode system in NX extracts a blank for the electrode. If pins are moved.

A progressive die NX 4 Tooling Product Review UGS . and electronics. A CAD/CAM manager at a New Zealand tool shop commented that. improved concurrent design. improved parting definition. Milling. The user can readily see the material thickness at any location on the casting or part. and replacing of a solid box. Translators. It is defined as the diameter of the largest possible ball inside a part model that can be touching at that point. sharp corners or any other Page 6 A wall thickness check computes the thickness throughout the solid model and permits users to view the thickness of any area in a model. wire EDM. In some competitive mold design packages this function is built into the mold design application itself. NX 4 design validation tools enable a user to analyze the part and automatically obtain information about draft angles. shrinkage and parting surfaces can be quickly updated when a part model is modified. and post-processing modules are included in the NC bundle. Die Design Software to automate the design of progressive dies and simulate the stamping process is important as a component of the NX 4 Tooling suite. a user accesses the standard assembly application in NX. NX Mold Design is available as a standalone product or as a package with the NX CAM software.” The manufacturability checking features built into NX Mold Design are a significant enhancement. Figure 2—NX 4 has a Mold Wall Thickness Checker with Color Coded Display of Analysis Results cooling line. lighting. which should reduce time to market and improve product quality. The wall thickness check and other checks for conditions such as undercuts and sharp corners should be helpful to users.consideration that would make a part impossible or difficult to mold. NX Mold Design includes added integration. extending. Wall thickness is provided at any point in a molded or cast part. new patching tools for trimming. 2. “He particularly liked the ability within NX to customize the tooling environment to better meet their needs. A core can be subtracted from a block to produce a cavity. and a maximum radius rolling ball algorithm for wall thickness validation. undercut areas. Color-coding of wall thickness is provided by associating a given color with a given range in wall thickness. but will be included in an upcoming release. Being associative. They extend manufacturing awareness to the front of the design process. Both uniform and non-uniform scaling can be utilized in shrinkage calculations. UGS is one of only a few suppliers to provide this type of software. Progressive dies are commonly employed to produce sheet metal components in industries such as consumer products. computers. Automated interference checking among mold base components is a significant feature that is not yet available in NX. UGS has defined a NX Mold Design bundle for design and the mold design functions can be added to the NX machining products. modeling and drafting products are included in the design bundle.

a BOM. In Progressive Die Design a user builds the strip layout. associative product that provides considerable automation and continual checking of the die design. The primary uniqueness of the UGS offering is that it supports free form parts. A database of materials with bending factors is included. simulates the process. and support of shop UGS floor operations. tool validation. creation of assembly and detail drawings. and design associativity for downstream functions. knowledge-based. A solid model produced in any system can be accepted as input.Figure 3— NX Progressive Die Design Offers a High Degree of Automation within a 3D Design Environment sequentially transforms a flat strip of metal into a completed part by employing a series of stations that cut. tool design. 3D strip layout and simulation. bending. A corner design tool is available. nesting. and a hole report is generated. Progressive Die Design supports feature recognition as well as rebuild. tool layout. form and coin the material into the desired shape. It is a comprehensive. catalogues die bases and documents the process. machining. springback. force computations are made. and interference checking functions. The progressive die solution provides a broad tool set to build a complete die from initial part to finish. Part families as well as solid and sheet bodies are supported in the layout tool set. UGS introduced NX 4 Tooling Product Review Page 7 . Software is provided for product design. This includes a user interface that guides users through the process. As such. A bill of material is automatically generated. material utilization computations. whereas some other products do not.

For each feature there is a punch and die in the shape of a feature. if the number of stations are changed at a later time. comprehensive application solution. During this phase the user decides the minimum distance between parts and the number of parts to be produced at a time. NX Progressive Die Design is being sold through resellers and by the UGS direct sales force. It is expected to result in improved visualization. The forces being applied are calculated. The UGS intent is to extend the existing product to automatically handle more complex parts. IGES and STEP files. wall. Die base design and design of the punch and die inserts. The major market for progressive die is with smaller companies but UGS has been able to sell the system to the some of the largest die design shops. • Automatic strip layout and process design. Since the software is associative. stations and inserts are developed. A built-in standard part library is available that includes catalogs from most suppliers.the first solution to handle the complete 3D progressive die design process. • Layout of the blank metal strip by directly unfolding a part and mapping the part features to process features. • Nesting part blanks on sheet stock to minimize scrap. As with the other NX Tooling applications. Documentation is generated in terms of drawings and a BOM. cutout. Feature recognition is one of the initial steps in the die design process. NX 4 Tooling Product Review UGS . As in mold design. The drawings are associative to the die design and the die design is associative to the part design. A user defined feature is applied to any areas in which a standard feature is not recognized. etc. • Automatic feature recognition to recognize sheet metal features in a part and a feature build capability to automatically re-build a parametric sheet metal part with features. a reduction in human errors and increased product quality. Features are required to unfold a part and do process planning. Also. A skeleton strip is created that Page 8 • • • • rebends the blank models to simulate the forming operation at each die station. the process will automatically update to the new conditions. The number of stations are automatically determined and the features are assigned to stations by using best practice rules that have been previously developed. Examples of sheet metal features include bend. The software includes bending factors by material and the amount of springback to be expected during bending. introduce change management. This is to assure that the material can be punched out properly. The die structure. The functions contained in Progressive Die Design include: • Use of a 3D part model created in NX or by importing a CAD model from other systems in native or translated mode. and provide greater process validation. UGS provides a powerful. Use of Progressive Die Design produces a substantial increase in user productivity and the knowledge-based checking features reduce chances for error. faster and easier die design. It covers the complete environment for progressive die design. flange. Features are recognized in NX. The material utilization on the strip is established. the number of bends to be made will be determined. A 3D simulation is performed to assure that there is no interference between the die and punch.

The capabilities of the UGS sheet metal stamping solution include: • Producing a representation of the sheet metal for the draw. NX 4 Tooling Product Review Page 9 . stamping process design and optimization. die face design. individual press elements and inter-press handling equipment. Use of NX Die Design for detailed design of a die structure. • Using analysis application to check formability. configuration control. and production of shop floor and other documents. trim and flange elements of the die process. UGS • • • • • Simulation of the intended operation of the press-line. Analysis and optimization of the pressline. It offers tools to determine the die operation across a complete press line. It includes capabilities for sheet metal design.Figure 4—Multi-Stage Forming and Stamping and the Evolving Sheet Metal Shape can be Simulated in NX Progressive Die Design UGS also provides a comprehensive stamping solution for design and optimization of automotive dies and press lines. Teamcenter Manufacturing for process planning. die structure design and NC programming for die manufacture. data management. Use of NX CAM for programming the cutting of a die.

No other vendor offers such extensive and distinctive information management functionality focused on manufacturing. Teamcenter Manufacturing provides tool designers with the ability to access the right data at the right time for the right job. UGS does offer Teamcenter Community. The tool designer can access part designs and store and re-use tool and fixture designs. and work instructions. Page 10 Teamcenter Manufacturing is a powerful and unique product. Teamcenter Engineering is a cPDm system focused on managing product definition and related information. The information management functionality greatly exceeds that offered by CAM-centric vendors and the combination of functionality and focus on manufacturing is beyond that provided by the PLM vendors. TCM manages a wider set of data created in the manufacturing planning stage of the product lifecycle. configuration management and integration tools are all available and directly relevant for those using Teamcenter Manufacturing. customers. Teamcenter Manufacturing Teamcenter Manufacturing (TCM) is an information management engine for manufacturing. The ability to access the right data at the right time also extends as far as the shop floor by enabling the manufacturing team to visualize assembly drawings. Within NX 4 Tooling. In addition. with extensions that optimize its applicability to the manufacturing environment. NX 4 Tooling Product Review UGS . It serves as the information management engine for all NX 4 manufacturing applications. change management. and tool design utilizing TCM as a core component is unmatched in the industry. and suppliers. A complete library of design and process knowledge promotes standardization through design re-use in a managed development environment. While UGS does not currently offer a product that automatically estimates the price and delivery of molds and dies for quoting. It is used to manage and share the information necessary to facilitate the quoting process between toolmakers. integrated visualization options. Capabilities provide a secure environment to exchange data. digital manufacturing. host 3D design reviews and track visual issues. shop documentation. The tools available in Teamcenter Engineering for workflow. The integrated combination of CAM. It is based on Teamcenter Engineering.Figure 5—Teamcenter Provides Product and Process Data Management Across the Entire Tool-Making Activity for UGS and 3rd-Party Applications 3.


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